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'I started studying': 'Complete' player says he's now learning English, after Arsenal links

Reported Arsenal target Danilo has told UOL Esporte that he has started taking English lessons.

The Gunners have been linked with the Palmeiras midfielder in recent months.

In March, Calciomercato.it claimed that Arsenal are ‘vigilant’ of Danilo’s situation.

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And in April, La Lazio Siamo Noi also reported interest from Mikel Arteta’s side in the 21-year-old.

Danilo has been called up to the Brazil national team, leading to interest from the nation’s media.

The young forward spoke to UOL Esporte about his plans for the future.

This includes Danilo’s English lessons ahead of a prospective move.

“They told me: ‘You’ll have a good season and, when the time comes, you’ll leave,'” he said, via Sport Witness.

“‘How are you going to talk, are you going to communicate with the coach?

“‘How is he going to talk to you, how will you understand?”

“And I thought and said: ‘Wow, that’s right’. Then I started studying it.”

UOL also recalled that Danilo faced Chelsea in the Club World Cup.

He was able to take a picture with one of his idols, N’Golo Kante.

The outlet then said that, just like the Frenchman, the Palmeiras player seems destined for the Premier League.

That is why it would be no surprise to see him practising his English in London, Liverpool or Manchester, they added.

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A serial winner at just 21

Despite turning 21 just last month, Danilo has already played over a century of competitive games for Palmeiras.

He also played a key role in helping Palmeiras beat Sao Paulo in the Campeonato Paulista’s final second-leg in April.

Palmeiras won their 24th Campeonato Paulista after beating Sao Paulo by 5-3 on aggregate.

Danilo has also lifted two Copa Libertadores titles, a Brazilian Cup, and Recopa Sudamericana.

“He has to play in the Premier League”

Earlier this month, Dudu – Danilo’s Palmeiras teammate – urged him to join a club like Arsenal in the near future.

“He is a star, he has to play in the Premier League,” Danilo’s teammate Dudu told ESPN, via Goal.com.

“I always tell him: ‘You have to play in Manchester United, or Arsenal.

“He has to stay calm, he is a kid who gives his all, but I tell him: ‘You are a player for Chelsea, those kind of teams’.

“He scores, he gets in the area, he helps with marking. He’s a complete midfielder in Brazilian football.”

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